On September 30, 2023, we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 18, 2023

On September 30, 2023, we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a solemn day to acknowledge the genocide of Indigenous children within Canada’s residential school system. As we reflect on this dark chapter in our history, we pay tribute to the survivors while honouring the memory of those who did not.

In recent years, September 30 has also come to be known as Orange Shirt Day, a powerful movement that aims to shed light on the atrocities committed and to honour the innocent lives affected. As we seek meaningful ways to remember and make a genuine impact on this significant day, we are proud to share resources in collaboration with Mi’kma’ki Strong.

Mi’kma’ki Strong is a locally-grown apparel company that uses fashion to drive truth and reconciliation forward. Their Orange Shirt, designed in consultation with survivors of the Shubenacadie School, symbolizes unity and support. A portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold will go towards aiding these survivors.

We encourage all union members to purchase their Orange Shirts from Mi’kma’ki Strong’s online store at https://mikmakistrong.com/. By doing so, we demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation and our recognition of the painful legacy of residential schools. Supporting Indigenous artists and businesses is of utmost importance, as it not only uplifts our shared treaty rights but also contributes to the prosperity of local Indigenous communities.

We stand in solidarity in our collective journey towards establishing a culture of remembrance and honour for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Wela’lioq.

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